The next-generation motor has a significant step up in performance as well as thermal efficiency; Volkswagen could explore localising the e-motor in India if combined Mahindra EV and future VW-Skoda EV volumes are good. Mahindra’s collaboration with Volkswagen and access to components from the MEB platform is a strategic advantage, providing access to cutting-edge technology from a leading global EV company. The production launch of the APP550 rear-wheel-drive motor in the VW ID.7 is scheduled for the end of this year.
VOLKSWAGEN APP550 E-MOTOR: 210kW and 550 Nm
The new APP550 electric motor boasts 210kW (286hp) and up to 550 Nm of torque, a substantial improvement over the previous motor generating 150kW (201hp) and 310 Nm of torque.Enhancements in the inverter, responsible for controlling the powertrain, have increased phase currents, contributing to the motor’s higher power output.
The increased torque of the APP550 motor results from an improved stator with more windings and a larger wire cross-section. The rotor features stronger magnets with a higher load capacity, and the motor has undergone reinforcement to handle increased power and torque.
Efficient thermal management is crucial for the motor’s performance. The APP550 motor achieves this without an electric oil pump, using the gearbox and specific components for self-cooling. Heated oil is cooled by the vehicle’s coolant system to maintain optimal operating temperature, while the stator’s exterior incorporates a water heat sink.
VOLKSWAGEN COULD LOCALISE THE AP550 E-MOTOR IN INDIA
Should the Mahindra EVs, along with future Volkswagen and Skoda EVs sharing the same motor, collectively achieve substantial sales volumes, Volkswagen may consider localizing the production of the motor in India.While Volkswagen has expressed willingness to supply the motor to other Indian automakers, its primary focus currently centers on strengthening its partnership with Mahindra & Mahindra. Mahindra is expected to be the primary customer for the cutting-edge APP550 motor in India, outside of the Volkswagen Group. This advanced motor offers outstanding performance and efficiency, providing Mahindra with a significant competitive edge.